Monthly Archives: March 2014

Inky Tree

Inky Tree by Karen Gadient, 2014

Inky Tree. Created with Corel Painter while sampling the liquid inks.

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. — Kahlil Gibran


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Stygian Spirits

Stygian Spirits by Karen Gadient, 2014

Stygian Spirits. Created with Corel Painter using digital oils and inks.

O wild and wondrous midnight,
There is a might in thee
To make the charmed body
Almost like spirit be,
And give it some faint glimpses
Of immortality.
— James Russell Lowell

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Cholla Sunset

Cholla Sunset by David Gadient, 2014

Catching the sunset at Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. We’re members and proud to support. Whether you’re local or visiting, the Garden is a wonderful place to explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Photo by my husband David Gadient.


Filed under Arizona, Landscape, Nature, Phoenix, Photography


Subterrane by Karen Gadient, 2014

Subterrane. Created with Corel Painter.

Friends depart and memory takes them to her caverns, pure and deep.
— Thomas Haynes Bailey


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Ocean Lava

Ocean Lava by Karen Gadient, 2014

Ocean Lava. Created with Corel Painter.

Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time. — H. P. Lovecraft

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Impulse by Karen Gadient, 2014

Impulse. Created with Procreate and Adobe Photoshop.

We all have spiritual DNA; wisdom and truth are part of our genetic structure even if we don’t always access it. — Lama Surya Das


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Portraits of Clever Old Souls

Doctor David by Karen Gadient, 2014

When I first ‘met’ my husband, he was an El Aurian on a Star Trek RPG. Even being Betazoid in the game, I had a hard time figuring him out. He can be delightfully enigmatic. Back then, I did portraits of our characters. I can’t find them to show you, but it’s one of those things I did and do.

Now, a decade and a half later, David and I no longer play RPGS, but we’ve been watching Doctor Who together. He occasionally jokes about having once been a Time Lord and says he gave up all that for me.

Which is damn charming. And nearly believable. He’s always been so sharp and intense and yet silly and generous and wonderful and more adjectives than I can list. Old soul, as they say.

And so, since our wedding anniversary is approaching, I decided to make a comic-style portrait of him as the Doctor. Different, a bit—regeneration will do that to you—but still with the intensity and of course: epic facial hair (David and his mustache surely go back many lifetimes). And a scarf. Because I prefer Doctors with scarves.

I just realized El Aurians are sort of a Trek version of Time Lords. Slightly. Okay, not so much. Well, at least they’re long-lived. Not sure if I can imagine Guinan in a TARDIS. Picard would have been a fun companion. Nah. Data. Maybe.

Suppose I’ll have to draw myself up as his companion next?

Happy Anniversary, David!

I last did this style of illustration for the Fly Into Fire posters for Candlemark & Gleam. I had a lot of fun with this portrait, so I may make others in a similar style. If I do, I’ll list them for print. For now, this one stays on our walls.


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